Relays Wellness Challenge

Relays Wellness Challenge

The Relays Wellness Challenge at the Drake Road Races and the Grand Blue Mile presented by Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield is a great opportunity for organizations of all sizes to promote workplace wellness in an effort to pursue the shared mission of realizing a healthier Iowa. The Relays Wellness Challenge is an easy way to get your coworkers active and have fun!

The Relays Wellness Challenge is an incentive based wellness competition that is open to Iowa based employers where points are awarded based on participation in the Drake Road Races and the Grand Blue Mile. There is no cost to employers to enroll in the Challenge. Family members and dependents of employees are also invited to register for and represent their respective company.

Participating companies will compete in three categories:

Division Employees
Large 500+
Medium 51-500
Small 5-50

Points will be awarded based on participation and completion rather than finish time or individual place.

Event Points
Drake Road Races Half Marathon  4
Drake Road Races 10k 3
Drake Road Races 5k 2
Grand Blue Mile 2
Volunteerism 1

Final standings will be determined based on the number of total points earned, divided by the number of Central Iowa-based employees. The winning team in each division will enjoy bragging rights with in-stadium recognition during the Drake Relays and receive a traveling trophy for display. Teams will be awarded their trophy at a Drake University event.

To enroll your organization or for more information, email

Thank you for joining the Drake Relays and Wellmark Blue Cross & Blue Shield in taking a step toward a future of better health!


Current employers registered for the Relays Wellness Challenge:

Company Division Champion
Ahlers & Cooney Law
2022, 2023 Medium Division
American Business Solutions  
Ankeny Community School District
Apex Systems 2019 Small Division
ARAG Legal
Bankers Trust
Broadlawns Medical Center
Catch Des Moines
Citizens Mutual
Corteva Agriscience
Davis County Community Schools
Delta Dental  2019, 2021 Medium Division
Des Moines University
Dorsey & Whitney
Dotdash Meredith
Dowling Catholic High School
Drake University 2022, 2023 Large Division
EMC Insurance Companies
Farm Bureau Financial Services
Fitness Sports
Fleet Feet Sports
Fredrickson & Byron
Grand View University
Grinnell Mutual
GuideOne Insurance
Heartland AEA
Iowa Department of Revenue
Iowa Ortho/Select PT
Keen Project Solutions
Kemin Industries
Kinetic Edge Physical Therapy
Krause Group
Lessing-Flynn 2021 Small Division
Manatts Inc.
Massage Heights of Central Iowa
Mid-Iowa Council Boy Scouts of America
Polk County Government
St. Anthony Hospital
Strategic America
UnityPoint Health - Des Moines
Volunteer Iowa
Wellmark Blue Cross & Blue Shield  2019, 2021 Large Division
Wesley Life
Whitfield & Eddy Law
YMCA of Greater Des Moines
YMCA of Washington County
ZLR Ignition 2022, 2023 Small Division